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Quote of the day No 116

Friday 17 August 2018

The first record of authorised volunteer work on the nationalised waterway system came in 1958 when members of the Kennet and Avon Canal Association linked with members of the British Sub-aqua Club to repair Burghfield Lock on the Kennet and Avon Canal. This was ahead of its time, for it was not until 1964 that another similar joint effort was undertaken. On the latter occasion it was linked with the full-scale restoration of the Stourbridge Canal, Wordsley 16 Locks, by volunteer members of the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal Society, who were able to work alongside the paid B.W.B. staff. In all such early cases the members of the Associations or Societies were directly committed to the revival of the particular waterway on which they were working.

In late 1961 and early 1962 a new and more mobile force of volunteers was formed. This was the London Working Party Group, formed from the membership of the I.W.A., London and Home Counties Branch, led by Tim Dodwell. The group was started with the purpose of improving the Basingstoke Canal, partly to avoid further deterioration, and partly to prepare the way for the first London and Home Counties Branch Rally of Boats at Woking at Easter 1962. After the rally, further work parties were held on the canal, but operations soon faded when the problems of the overall restoration of the canal became too great for the minimal resources available to the group.

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